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HIV infected seek more ART centres
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Smooth access to HIV testing and treatment facilities remains a dream for most infected persons, who can only demand the state governments to streamline the provision of such services.

The worst problems which Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV) face in the region are related to the testing of CD-4 count for determining the level of immunity in the body. There are a few machines for the purpose in the region - one at the PGI, Chandigarh, and another one at the PGI, Rohtak, in Haryana. Punjab also reportedly has the facility at Jalandhar and Amritar where recently antiretroviral therapy centres were started.

However, there are still some HIV positive patients who come to the PGI, Chandigarh, for testing. Strangely, the testing is only done until 11 am, much to the discomfort of patients who come from far-off places and have to often stay back if they have not managed to get the test done by 11 am on a particular day.

On the concluding day of the state-level consultation on HIV treatment access thus, all PLHIV demanded that CD 4 count machines should remain functional till 5 pm to accommodate patients. They also asked for more machines for emergency, considering the harassment several patients of the PGI, Chandigarh, and the PGI, Rohtak, had to face in recent months when the CD 4 count machines were out of order.

A PLHIV getting treatment at the PGIMER, Chandigarh, while sharing his woes, said: “I came from Mumbai to Chandigarh last year. Although I had a test report confirming my HIV positive status from Mumbai, I was told to get a new test done. Also, the doctor called me on July 18 for a CD-4 count test. However, it was not until September 13 that I could actually get my CD-4 count test done. The machine was supposedly not functioning for almost two months. And there was no replacement.”

A similar case was recounted by a PLHIV from Karnal in Haryana. She said, “I went to the PGI, Rohtak, to get my CD-4 count done, but the machine was out of order last month. Not just that, the ART centre at Rohtak hospital runs only on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The medicines should be given on all working days.”

Regional coordinator of Indian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (INP +) Ms Meena Dalal said, “About 700 PLHIVs from Haryana are on ART in Delhi hospitals and 196 are taking treatment at the PGI, Rohtak. We need to ensure these centres work longer than they usually do.”

Her demands found a resonance in the voices of other PLHIVs gathered at the Common Secretariat (Asia Centre) in PEC today. They were sharing their problems at the workshop organised by the Chandigarh Network of PLWHIV and supported by the Department for International Development and PMO’s challenge fund.

Another recurring demand from the infects persons was - all tests for HIV infected persons, including tests for TB, HIV, CD-4 and other opportunistic infections should be available at one place. To prevent stigma, the participants which included nine infected BSF jawans from the region, said human rights awareness should be enhanced.

“We should be granted leave and we should also be allowed to live with our families on BFS campuses,” said an infected BSF jawan.



Concern over AIDS spread among intravenous drug users
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The spread of AIDS among intravenous drug users in Punjab has become a matter of grave concern, said Dr N.M. Sharma, Additional Project Director, Punjab State AIDS Control Society (PSACS), today while inaugurating a two-day workshop on HIV/AIDS Panjab University here.

Discussing in detail the scenario at global, national and state-level, Dr Sharma highlighted that detailed data of the spread of the disease in the state was being collected from 24 sites and will be compiled by January next year.

“By that time we will have a clear picture of the incidence of the problem in Punjab,” he said, adding that the profile of the disease among the high risk groups like intravenous drug users, commercial sex workers and men having sex with men will also be available. The data currently available is based on the information collected from only seven sites across the state.

“Early trends show a disturbingly increased number of HIV infected youth who are primarily intravenous drug users. Policy changes and all future interventions should be targeted at this group in the state,” he said in his inaugural address.

Organised by the Population and Development Education Cell of the Regional Resource Centre of the university, the workshop is being attended by district coordinators of Punjab.

Ms Manjeet Paintal, Director, RRC, welcomed the participants and resource persons and emphasised that coordinators should integrate HIV/AIDS information in their regular activities of districts and should coordinate with district health department to disseminate the information at the grassroots level. “Awareness must be generated in field to prevent occurrence of HIV/AIDS and control it from spreading,” she said.

The other resource persons were Ms Meenu, State NGO Adviser, PSACS, who discussed the management of sexually transmitted diseases, Mr Surinder Singh deliberated on condom programming, Mrs Rekha discussed counselling and behaviour change communication. Mr Pramod Sharma from Yuvsatta talked about future strategies in detail.

The coordinators of the programme, Dr Dazy Zarabi and Ms Binwant Pannu, said so far the state of Punjab had been considered as low prevalence state as far as HIV/AIDS was concerned. 



Dengue patient’s condition critical
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) authorities claim to have registered 22 new cases of suspected dengue fever in last 48 hours. The condition of a patient is critical. The authorities, however, did not disclosed the number of cases tested positive

Releasing a press-note on Tuesday the PGI authorities said: “In the last 48 hours 22 new cases of suspected dengue fever have been reported in PGI. At the moment there are 47 patients admitted in PGI. One patient is in critical condition. Till date 298 patients of suspected dengue fever have been treated in the PGI”.

The number of confirmed dengue cases in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, reached to 57 with testing of six more cases positive of for the disease. Out of the positive tested cases four belong to Haryana (Ambala) one each from Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh. Four cases were confirmed for dengue cases. In the confirmed cases two belong to Chandigarh and one each from Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

Continuing its filed operation, the UT Health Department, laid thrust in the areas from where the dengue cases were detected.

The department said that 240 confirmed cases of dengue have been reported in the city hospitals till date.

The fogging operations were carried out in Sector 52, village Kajheri, Kajheri Colony, Kishangarh, Bhagwan Pura, Mauli Jagran Colony, Ram Darbar Colony and IT Park, Kishangarh.



PGI Employees Union elections
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The PGI Employees Union (groups B, C and D), Chandigarh, has nominated Mr JB Sharma, as chief electoral officer for the bi-annual elections of the union to be held on November 2.

A press note issued by the union said the last date for filing the nominations is October 24 while withdrawal would be done by October 27. The date for scrutiny and display of final list is October 28.



St Stephen’s School qualifies for football tourney
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
St Stephen’s School, Sector 45, and Mount Carmel School, Sector 47, qualified for the four-team round-robin league in the Chandigarh Senior Women Football Championship for the Kapania Trophy being played at the Sector 17 football stadium here yesterday.

Mount Carmel School prevailed over Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 22 by 4-3 via tie-breaker. As many as 14 penalty kicks were taken to resolve the deadlock. The regulation period ended in a goalless draw.

In the second match, St Stephen’s School registered a 4-0 triumph over Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 46, by 4-0. Dominating the proceedings, Sikha Sharma opened the account for St Stephen’s in the 29th minute. Simran Sidhu scored two successive goals in the 36th and 40th minutes.

Prabh Simran completed the tally by scoring the fourth goal for the winners in the 46th minute.

Tomorrow’s league fixtures: Dev Samaj College, Sector 45 vs Sacred Heart, Sector 26 (10 a.m,) and Mount Carmel-47 vs St Stephen’s-45 (11 a.m.)



St Stephen’s heap 26-0 misery on Carmel eves
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
St Stephen’s, Sector 45, eves proved to be too tough for their opponent, Carmel Convent team, defeating them by a massive 26-goal margin without conceding a single goal in the league match of four-team round-robin Chandigarh Senior Women Football Championship for Deepak Kapania Memorial Football Tournament held at Sector 17 Football Stadium here today.

The highlight of this one-sided match was a fine display by Shikha Sharma who netted eight goals, including a hattrick.

In another league match, a second-half goal by Punjab helped Dev Samaj College, Sector 45, log full points against the Sacred Heart, Sector 26, whom they beat 1-0. After a barren first half, Puja scored the winning goal in the 47th minute.

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Sacred Heart-26 vs St Stephen’s-45 (10 a.m.) and Dev Samaj College-45 Mount Carmel-47 (11 a.m).



DD, PTV come together for tennis telecast
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh , October 19
Doordarshan and Pakistan Television have joined hands to telecast live four test matches of the India-Pakistan Tennis Challenge Series to be played in India and Pakistan from November 6 to 12.

On the Pakistani leg, the test matches will be played in Islamabad (November 6) and Lahore (November 8).

Chandigarh (November 10) and Delhi (November 12) are the venues on the Indian leg. Highest-ranked players of both countries will be seen in action.

Disclosing this here today, Mr Rajan Kashyap, Chairman of steering committee of the Indian leg, said he, along with the All-India Tennis Association’s (AITA) secretary Anil Khanna, had met Information and Broadcasting Ministry Secretary S.K. Arora and Doordarshan Director Leela Dhar Mandloi in connection with the arrangements for the live telecast .

Pakistan Television (PTV) will generate pictures of the matches to be played in Islamabad and Lahore and feed it to Doordarshan (DD) for live telecast. On a reciprocal basis, Doordarshan will be making similar arrangements for the Pakistan Television viewers.

As a lot of interest has already been generated for the India-Pakistan duel on the tennis courts in both countries, Mr Rajan Kashyap, who is also the chairman of the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA), considered to be one of the best professionally run sports associations of the country, said a steering committee for the Indian leg had been formed to ensure smooth conduct of the Indo-Pak Tennis Challenge Series.

Besides, the CLTA and Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) had also formed their own separate organising committees.

AITA secretary Anil Khanna, DLTA secretary Kapil Dutta, CLTA secretary Rameshekhar and AITA Director, Operations, Col Amarbir Singh are the other prominent members of the steering committee.

Mr Gajender Singh, who was recently appointed Director, Training, of the CLTA, will be convener of the Technical Committee. Two singles and one doubles matches will be played to decide the winners of the test match.

Mr Rajan Kashyap said: “The draw of lots will decide who will play whom. As both countries are pitting their best-ranked players, a keen tussle is on the cards for all the four test matches.”

A 19-member team from Pakistan, including four players, will visit India on the goodwill tour. The delegation will include president and secretary of the Pakistan Tennis Federation.

Some senior players will also form part of the Pakistan team. Besides the test matches, separate competitions are being arranged at the CLTA complex for senior players.

The AITA will also be sending a 19-member Indian squad for the Pakistani leg. Among the Indian officials will be AITA secretary Anil Khanna and CLTA chairman Rajan Kashyap.



Sale of tickets for ODI from today
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
The sale of tickets for the forthcoming match between India and Australia of ICC Champions Trophy to be played on October 29 will commence from October 20.
For the purpose, counters will be set up at Gate No-5 of the PCA Stadium, Mohali, and at the HDFC Bank branches situated in Phase-VII, Mohali, Sector-37, Sector-46 of Chandigarh and Sector-8, Panchkula.

For the matches of October 25 and 27, the tickets will be available at the counters from 10 am to 4 pm. So far 40 per cent tickets for AC Lounge and Members Block have been sold for the two matches.

The rates of the tickets for the AC Lounge, Terrace Block, VIP Block and General Block are priced at Rs 15,000, Rs 7,500, Rs 5,000 and Rs 300, respectively.

The tickets of all blocks except students and general Blocks, are also available on Internet website www.bcci.tv.



Hardeep wins gold in Judo championship
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
Hardeep of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26, won gold medal in the 66kg weight category in the Panjab University Inter College Judo (men) Championship held at PU Gymnasium Hall on Wednesday.

Results: 56 Kg: first — Kapil Dev (SD College Hoshiarpur); second — Vikas (DAV Chd); third — Somvir Singh (SGGS 26) and S Kaushal (SG 46 Chd); 81 Kg: first — Anil Joura (Arya College Ldh); second — Mohit Mallik (SGGS 26); third — Neeraj Sharma (Govt College Hoshiarpur) and Hemant Sharma (DAV 10). 66 Kg: first — Hardeep (SGGS 26); second — Ashok Punia (DAV College); third — Sanjit Kadian (Govt College for men 46) and Shrikant (SD College Hoshiarpur). 90 Kg; first — Amrinder (SGGS 26); second — Harshgeet (Malwa College Samrala); third — Rajeev Kumar (Guru Nanak College Abohar) and Sahil (Arya College Ldh). 100 Kg: first — Jaspreet Singh (Malwa College Samrala); second — Jagjeet Singh (DAV Abohar); third — Gautam (GGDSD College) 32 and Baljit Singh (Arya College Ldh). Overall: first — SGGS 26-26 points; second Malwa College Samrala — 11 points; third — DAV College 10 Chd-10.5 points; four — Arya College Ldh-9.5 points.


MCM DAV College-36 edged out Guru Nanak College Muktsar 2-1 in the Panjab University Inter College Women’s Hockey at Punjab University grounds on Wednesday.

In another match Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, drubbed Panjab University Campus 6-0.

Edmund Rice cricket

Bhavan Vidayalaya, Panchkula, and Shivalik Public School, Sector-41, entered the semifinal of the 9 th Blessed Edmund Rice cricket tournament being played at St. John’s High School, Sector-26, here, today.

In the first match played today Satluj Public school scored 142 runs in stipulated 25 overs, Ankush 53n.o was the highest scorer for the Satluj team. In reply, Bhavan’s team chased the target in 22.1 overs through some fine batting by Abhishek 38 runs and Varun contributed 23 n.o.

In the second match Shivalik School beat Shishu Niketan Public School by 20 runs.

Brief Scores: Satluj 142 for 8 in 25 overs (Ankush 53 n.o, Karan 20 n.o., Kunal 2 for 15, Aditya 2 for 26).

Bhavan 145 for 5 in 22.1 overs (Abhishek 38, Varun 23 n.o, Amanpreet 1 for 11).

Shivalik 151 for 8 in 25 overs (Pradeep 37, Sheetal 23, Gaurav 22 n.o, Vinod 3 for 23).

Shishu Niketan 131 all out in 19.4 overs (Vinod 36, Neeraj 23, Pavitar 4 for 21).



CEC lifters excel in PTU championships
Tribune News Service

Members of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, weightlifting team pose with the trophy
Members of Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, weightlifting team pose with the trophy.

Chandigarh, October 19
The Chandigarh Engineering College, Landran, reigned supreme in the three-day PTU weightlifting, powerlifting and best physique championship held at the CGC campus in Landran by bagging the overall best team trophy. The college also won the weightlifting and powerlifting competitions and bagged second position in best physique championship.

In all 35 weight lifters, 45 body-builders and 72 power lifters representing various colleges in the state participated in the three-day championships.

CEC Landran, won 12 gold medals, six silver medals and two bronze medals in the championships followed by GNDE College, Ludhiana, that won four gold, five silver and seven bronze medals. On the third position stood RIET, Phagwara, with two gold, two silver and eight bronze medals.

For the CEC, Landran, Jagjit Singh, Amandeep Cheema, Harpreet Singh, Arun Dev, Hardeep Singh, Pardeep Bhatia, Jagjeet Singh, Damandeep and Vikas Bansal won gold medals.



Bowlers propel St Kabir to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 19
A fine bowling performance by Pranav Gupta (5for11) enabled St Kabir Public School, Sector-26, to beat DAV Public School, Sector-8, team by eight wickets in an under-16 league match of the 9th Blessed Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament held at St John’s School, Sector 26, here, today.

Brief Scores:

DAV 82 all out in 21 overs (Palwinder 21, Shashya 17, Pranav 5 for 15, Sehaj 2 for 11)

St Kabir 83 for 2 in 9.3 overs (Mohit 40 no, Shubham 14, Amit 1 for 39).

In an under-10 match of the same tournament, St John’s High school A team beat Shivalik Public School, Sector-41, by 66 runs.

Brief Scores:

St John’s-A 99 for 5 in 15 overs (Akhil 15, Sidhant 13, Jaywant 10 no, Anmol 3 for 12)

Shivalik 30 all out in 10.3 overs (Aman 2 for 3, Mehul 2 for 4 Arjun 2 for 8, Jaywant 1 for 3).

In another under-10 match St Anne’s-32 beat St John’s-B by 4 wickets on the last bowl of the match.

Brief Score:

St John’s: 51 for 6 in 15 overs (Kunwar 15, Abhinav 2 for 10, Arshdeep 2 for 12)

St Anne’s: 52 for 6 in 15 overs (Simarpreet 12 n.o, Angad 2 for 10, Pratish 2 for 17)

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:

Under-16: St Stephen’s-45 V/S YPS Mohali at 9.00 am.

Hansraj Panchkula V/ S Shishuniketan-22 at 1.00 pm.

Under-10: St John’s A 26 V/S St’Kabir 26 at 9.00 am.



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